How To Use Power Point Effectively Amber SibleyPresentation Transcript
How to use PowerPoint Effectively Presentation Software in the Classroom
What is Presentation Software?
Presentation software can help organize and enhance delivery of content
Includes Programs that are designed to create digital support materials for oral presentations
Presentations are a prearranged group of electronic slides that present one idea or theme after another
Adapted by educators to assist the communication process
Includes a wide range of capabilities in one easy-to-use package
Wizards and Templates
These help create a presentation that appeals to the variety of learning
modalities found in a typical audience of learners. The presentation may
contain multiple elements that tie slides together, adding interest and
excitement to the presentation.
Wizards and Templates
What is a Wizard? The AutoContent Wizard is a good option for creating a presentation if you are a beginner. The AutoContent Wizard offers suggestions for templates to use and types of content to put in. This option is also good if you are in a hurry and want to create a presentation quickly. Most presentation software programs include built-in wizards that help even a novice computer user to create very professional and attractive presentations.
What is a Template? A template, also called a presentation design, lets you create a presentation without worrying about design elements. The template defines the color, background, and font of the slides. PowerPoint includes a variety of slide templates with designer formats already created and ready to fill in. With the design tasks already done, only the content needs to be added.
Electronic Clip Art
These resources and built-in help features help any user in creating complex and high-quality slide show presentations.
With Hypermedia programs, information can be accessed in associative, non-linear ways. Information such as:
The opening screen of a hypermedia application might contain a menu with four options. Buttons on the menu can be activated, allowing users to select one of the options and branch to the corresponding screen, audio title, video file or animation.
When you animate an object, you add special visual or sound effects to it.
Printing Options for PowerPoint
Speaker’s Note Pages
Customized Audience Handouts (displaying one to six slides per page)
Transparency for an Overhead Projector
Display Options for PowerPoint
Timed, Self-Playing Slide Show
Tips for Effective Use
Use the Outlines First. The most important part of any presentation is the content, not the graphical appeal. Develop your presentation with the content first, before deciding on the look.
Use Contrasting Colors. There needs to be a lot of contrast between the text color and the background color. For example, a dark background with a light text or vise versa. Check how your colors look when projected to make sure there is enough contrast.
Use a Big Enough Font. Make sure the font is big enough so that an audience can read it. In most situations, a font size less than 24 is too small to be reasonably read.
Stop the Moving of Text. If the text moves onto the screen, it makes it harder for the audience to read. The presenter must wait longer between each point and the audience focuses more on movement than what is being said.
Turn the Pointer off. It is very annoying to have the pointer come on the screen while the presenter is speaking. It causes movement on the screen and draws the audience attention from the speaker to the screen.
Have Slides at the End of Your Presentation. Include some slides that answer questions that you expect to be asked.
Use the PowerPoint Viewer to Present. It is less prone to crashing than is the full program.
Have Slides at the End of the Presentation. Include some slides that answer questions that you expect to be asked. The final slide should be a blank slide so that if you go through all the other slides, you have a backup.
Be Able to Jump to Any Slide. Print a list of the slide numbers and associated titles to be able to move quickly and seamlessly to any slide in the presentation.
PowerPoint in the Classroom
Elements of the Presentation Software have many applications in the teaching and learning process.
Presentation software is valuable for both teachers and students
Students enjoy and can be highly motivated by the software, which in turn, leads to improved retention and learning.
Classroom PowerPoint Matrix Creating speaker notes; Preparing class handouts/activity worksheets; Preparing content outlines; Preparing professional and stimulating presentations and reports. Preparing class handouts to support oral reports; Presenting professional and stimulating presentations and reports. Printing Options Preparing tutorials and electronic flash cards Individualizing instruction Critical thinking, organizing, and planning content; Creating individualized study tools and reports; Presenting data clearly Hyperlinks Adding elements to presentations to address diverse learning styles Adding multimedia to the presentation of content Multimedia Presenting visually rich content Presenting visually rich content Graphics Creating customized presentation of content; Creating transparencies; Presenting professional reports to colleagues Organizing logical reports Preparing support materials for oral reports Slides Assists teachers in: Assists students in: Software Element:
Ivers, K.S. & Barron, A.E. (1998). Multimedia Projects in Education; Designing, Producing, and Assessing . Libraries Unlimited. Pg. 99.
Lever-Duffy, J. & McDonald, J.B. (2008). Teaching and Learning with Technology (3 rd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc. Pgs. 187-190.
Paradi, D. (2008). Ten Secrets For Using PowerPoint Effectively. Retrieved Feb. 20, 2008 from http://www.thinkoutsidetheslide.com/articles/ten_secrets_for_using_powerpoint.htm
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